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The art of diving catches

Andruw Jones has turned diving catches into art form, but there's also a science to sacrificing his body.

Originally Published: April 15, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Most outfielders dive for catches as if they're falling headfirst off the hood of a car, their bodies dropping at a high angle, both hands extended in front of them. They might glove the ball. Briefly.

But then there is the matter of the crash-landing. Elbows touch down against the ground, jarring the rest of the body; the head, the arms, the hands are rattled, and the ball often shakes loose.

But as Braves center fielder Andruw Jones pursues a looping fly ball, he swoops in ...

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